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It’s about time for our eSports Boulevard News Week 8 where we take a closer look at the most recent events in Dota 2, League of Legends, and CS:GO.
Ever wondered how these jam-packed tournaments manage to get the right schedules down? I could announce a $20 million tournament tomorrow and can guarantee any professional team will join in, regardless of any upcoming tournament clashes.
In the real world, schedule conflicts do happen, and that is exactly the case with Dota 2’s Kiev Major and the upcoming Dota 2 Asia Championships. The Dota 2 Asia Championship, run by Perfect World, was announced one month after Valve dropped the news about the Kiev Major and the International 7.
DAC has been a recurring tournament, annually pulling in some of the biggest crowds and always delivering the East vs. West showdowns. Valve has thus decided to move the start date of the Kiev Major to the 27th of April, from the 20th, to allow teams a short break between the two competitions. DAC begins on March 28th and ends on April 4th and will feature most of the teams who have already been invited to the Major.
A Valentine’s Day update to League of Legends brought a long-awaited practice mode for aspiring competitive players and newbies alike. In a vacuum, it provides a much-needed feature in an accessible manner; but in doing so, it misses the mark for becoming a more ubiquitous asset.
League’s new mode, called the Practice Tool, is a sandbox for training basic and complex skills. Booting it up, you can enter a game solo or alongside an enemy bot, and get to work using the suite of tools available to improve yourself as a League player.
Esports Championship Series, a league organized through a partnership between FACEIT and Twitch.tv, returns with its 3rd season. There will be a total of four qualifiers across a period of two weeks. The matches will be best-of-one, until the quarter-final bracket of the qualifier.
The top two teams from the four open qualifiers will advance to the ECS Developmental, where they will face four invited teams in best-of-two matches. Of the eight contenders, the top four (two from each region) will go on to face relegated teams from ECS Season 2 (Virtus.pro, Fnatic, Team SoloMid, and compLexity Gaming) in a best-of-five series to secure their placement in Season 3. They will have the opportunity to face the recent major Champions, Astralis, FaZe Clan, Cloud9, and OpTic Gaming. Additionally, teams that will qualify for the third season should have the opportunity to opt-in to a co-ownership stake in the ECS league.
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